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Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

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Healthy Cookie Dough Dip… it’s like an unbaked form of those popular White Bean Chickpea Blondies.

I don’t know about you, but when I make the blondies, quite a bit of the raw dough gets consumed in the process! So I figured, why bother baking them at all? Especially with the summer weather approaching, this cookie dough dip is a great way to get your blondie fix without turning on the oven.

But will “normal” people like it?

Often, I’m unsure if a recipe with which I am in love will be a hit with the general population of people who aren’t used to healthy food. Yes, I have my wonderful taste-testing friends, but by now, they pretty much know that anything I’m asking them to taste will be healthy. Therefore, I worry their judgment might be biased (i.e. they might think, “Well, this is good… for a healthy dessert.) I don’t want my desserts to be good for a healthy dessert. I want them to be good, period.

The following is directly from my About Chocolate Covered Katie page.

I refuse to believe one must give up delicious food in order to be healthy… Healthy food can taste incredible when it’s prepared the right way.

Chickpea Cookie Dough Dip

I brought this healthy cookie dough dip to a party. But I didn’t tell anyone it was healthy, and I didn’t tell anyone it was mine. I simply set the dip down on the table amidst the other snacks.

Something amazing happened…

People tried the dip. They went back for seconds. Then thirds. Everyone kept asking, “Who brought the cookie dough dip? I need this recipe!” And I can’t tell you how many girls said, “Ugh I gotta stop eating this stuff” or “Where are my fat pants?”

Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

When I finally admitted the dip was healthy (and that it contained chickpeas!), no one would believe me. Therefore, this chickpea cookie dough dip recipe is a winner.
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2015 edit: When I asked readers to vote for their top 5 favorite recipes from the blog to include in the new Chocolate Covered Katie Cookbook, this cookie dough dip won by a landslide!

The recipe has been featured by Cooking Light, Bon Appetit, CNN, Shape, Glamour, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Huffington Post; and it has inspired bloggers everywhere to post their own versions of the now-famous dip on their blogs.

Cookie Dough Dip with Beans

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Healthy Cookie Dough Dip

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can, drained and rinsed very well) (250g after draining)
  • 1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt
  • just over 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup nut butter of choice (If you use peanut butter, it will have a slight pb cookie dough taste, so if you don't want this, try the Deep Dish Cookie Pie, unbaked. instead)
  • up to 1/4 cup milk of choice, only if needed
  • Sweetener of choice (see note below, for amount)
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 to 3 tbsp oats (Ground flax will also work)
Total Time: 10m

Instructions

Add all ingredients (except for chocolate chips) to a good food processor, and process until very smooth. Then mix in the chocolate chips. (Some commenters have had success with a blender, but I did not. Try that at your own risk, and know the results will be better in a high-quality food processor such as a Cuisinart.) If made correctly and blended long enough, this should have the exact texture of real cookie dough!

See the following link for: Sugar-Free Cookie Dough Dip

Sweetener Notes: I used 2/3 cup brown sugar when I first made this for the party. Liquid sweeteners (agave, maple, etc.) are fine as well, as is evaporated cane juice. You can get away with less sugar– some people will be perfectly fine with just 3 tbsp for the whole recipe! And if you don’t want any sugar, be sure to check out the “no-sugar” version linked above.

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You can, of course, just eat this healthy cookie dough dip by the spoonful. For the party, I served it with graham crackers, but fresh fruit would also be nice.

Or, you could get crazy and dip in some of these Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookies.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Hmmm… B – rownie batter. B – rownie batter… nope, give up! 🙂

  2. Jennifer says:

    Katie, you want to know if “normal” people like your recipes? Enter, my mother. Not a particularly daring or adventurous cook. Not one to try new things. Not vegan or vegetarian. She eats a fairly “healthy” diet, but is generally suspicious of things specifically labeled “healthy.” You get the picture.

    Well, this weekend, I went to visit said mother and brought with me my jar of flax seed (which I had taken from her cabinet a while ago because she NEVER used it). I wanted to try your blondies. Mother couldn’t figure out why the weird flax seed stuff was in the house again but I explained that I wanted to try this recipe I saw. Ok, says she. Then, she saw the recipe. Chickpeas? Flax seed? No flour? What?!?!

    Well, we made it. And after the blondies came out of the oven, she just kept moving the tray around and did not even try one of them (she usually “tests” everything she makes almost immediately). Well, my curiousity got the better of me and I tasted them. They were delicious. I gave her a piece. And she loved them. Like really, really loved them. Like, as soon as we finished dinner she wanted her dessert. No waiting for a mother with blondies on the mind.

    This morning when I went to pack my flax seed, the container seemed suspiciously light. I looked in the refrigerator, and there was a plastic storage container filled with flax seed that she had purloined from my jar. When questioned, she said, “Well, you know I have to make those blondies again!”

    So, yes, Katie, “normal” people like your recipes! Thanks for another great one! (And sorry this is so long!)

    1. Wow, this comment made me smile SO much! And oh wow, are you sure we don’t have the same mom? Mine is so suspicious of “healthy” foods, and I often put her green smoothies in a dark glass (with a lid) so she won’t know she’s drinking spinach. But then, after she says she likes something I’ve made for her, and I tell her what’s in it, she doesn’t mind having the healthy ingredients in the future! 🙂

  3. NO WAY GIRL!!!! These sound AMAZING!!! I know I have to make this now!!!!!! 😀

    I’m so excited that is was such a great hit at the party!! All of your recipes are hits Katie! 🙂

  4. Amber Schaefer says:

    You are amazing. AH-MAZ-ING! 🙂 Could you make this dip for one? Just so I don’t have a bunch of dip left over when I make this for myself 😉

    1. Sure! Just cut back the ingredients according to however much you want it to make :).

  5. OHMYGOSH…this looks so good! I love it when my healthier desserts fool people into thinking they are indulgent desserts! I can’t wait to make this! 😀

  6. Noya - gluttonandstudent says:

    I’m loving this recipe just from the looks! I’ve never thought to use chickpeas for a sweet recipe. I seriously can’t wait to make this!

  7. Kelsey @ Unmitigated Grub says:

    YUMMM. Good work on being sneaky!

    And I totally wonder that all the time when I create recipes–whether I’m obsessed with it because of my weirdo tastes or whether it’s ACTUALLY a winner that other people will enjoy ha. This one definitely looks like a winner. 🙂

  8. Tricia says:

    YUM!!!! I HAVE GOT TO TRY THIS 🙂
    You’re a genius 😉

  9. Mellie says:

    This looks amazing! I love hummus and so I bet I would love this. You are genius!

  10. Julie @ Shining From Within says:

    O.M.G. I’m making this! Will let you know how it turns out 🙂

  11. michelle says:

    I’m very shy with strangers and almost uncomfortable but with friends and family I can talk all night! This dip looks so good and I’m thinking about adding some coconut milk and making a fruit dip.

  12. Jen says:

    I’ve been seeing quite a few dessert hummuses floating around the blogging community for a while now…I think it’s time I give one of them a try! I love garbanzo beans. I wouldn’t underestimate them in ANY recipe, sweet OR savory, therefore I think this usage of my favorite bean sounds delicious.

  13. Veronica says:

    Katie, I love you! <3 Yes, I totally do want to eat a big bowl of cookie dough, and I love that this is actually a healthy way to do it! I love that you always have testers taste your food before posting it so we know it's approved–that rocks.

  14. Elise says:

    Yum, I made this with banana butter and no sweetener 🙂 It’s chilling in the fridge right now. I think I’ll have some of it later with a toasted mini whole wheat pita sprinkled with cinnamon 😀 I bet if I had used peanut butter and a sweetener it would be even better but I’ll save that for another time!

  15. Parita says:

    I am so bringing this to the next get together I go to. I’m going to do exactly what you did and not tell anyone it’s healthy. I can’t wait to see the reactions! Thanks for creating and sharing this!

  16. I imagine myself eating this with a spoon. I’ve seen similar variations of this on many blogs, i really need to try it! I’m a introverted person and I used to be very shy. I can talk a lot when I want but mostly I like to listen

  17. BroccoliHut says:

    I often have the same concerns about my recipes–I like them, but I’m a self-proclaimed health-nut who will gladly eat a bag of carrots plain. I often wonder if my recipes are only tasty to me!
    I was a chatterbox child, but I became increasingly reserved with age. I’m pretty shy these days!

  18. kaila @ healthy helper! says:

    Love this idea! Its like desert humus!

  19. I’m lovin’ this recipe! I have that same problem with not knowing if people are going to like my healthy recipes that I think taste sooo delicious!

  20. *Andrea* says:

    i think i’ve died and gone to heaven!!! thiis looks amazinggggggg

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